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I Am Big Bird

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker

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About the Movie

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Schmaltz continually threatens to overcome genius in this super-sentimental account of gifted puppeteer Caroll Spinney. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, May 11, 2015

Fresh: The kind of heartwarming, sentimental tale of a gentle soul that the PBS show's iconic character would love. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2015

Fresh: For Muppet enthusiasts or just folks who like to hear about unusual jobs, it's worth seeking out. – Linda Holmes, NPR, May 7, 2015

Fresh: A celebration of an artist who's utterly delighted an international audience of children - and more than a few adults. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, May 14, 2015

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Customer Reviews

An ABSOLUTE must-see

Everyone knows Big Bird. Everyone loves Big Bird. But now, everyone can see the amazing man that has been beneath the feathers for almost a half of a century. This movie is heartwarming and heartbreaking, joyous and somber, and uplifting to the core. Please watch it. You won't regret it.

Extremely great must see

Nearly every day for the past 45 years, one man has put on an eight-foot-tall yellow suit and gone to work as Big Bird. His name is Caroll Spinney, and he’s the silver-haired subject of this loving documentary about a puppeteer who’s brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street. Out of costume, Spinney is as impossibly sunny as his alter ego (with none of the crankiness of his other incarnation, Oscar the Grouch). At 80, he has no plans to hang up his feathers—welcome news for kids and parents everywhere.

The best🎉🎉🎉


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